Magazine article Public Finance

Transparency 'Will Enhance Public Confidence in Cuts'

Magazine article Public Finance

Transparency 'Will Enhance Public Confidence in Cuts'

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Winning public consent for tough spending cuts will be helped by openness from all tiers of government, the CIPFA conference was told.

Jessica Crowe, executive director of the Centre for Public Scrutiny, and Matthew Elliott, director of the Taxpayers' Alliance, both told delegates on June 9 that transparency and the search for efficient spending were not Left-Right political issues but essential to providing good value for money.

Elliott said the publication last week of the Combined Online Information System, known as the Coins database (see page 13), should lead to 'armchair accountants' seeking out waste once the information in the database became easier to use. These would act as a check on the use of public finances.

Publishing the details of all government contracts should lead to businesses examining deals done by their competitors, Elliott said. …

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